The French Society of Film Directors (SRF) called for the release of Oleg Sentsov illegally imprisoned in Russia. In particular, the owner of the Golden Palm Branch of the Cannes Film Festival, film director Jacques Audiard (Dheepan, the Prophet) recorded a video message in support of the Ukrainian.
"Oleg Sentsov may be living his last days. Oleg Sentsov is married; a father of two children, with pro-European views, he spoke out against the annexation of Crimea by Vladimir Putin. When he only wanted to use his camera, he was abducted from his home in the Crimea by special services, survived tortures and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for "terrorism." We believe that there is still time to act, we want to believe in a great victory - a victory that is more important than any football game, - the liberation of Oleg Sentsov, " Audiard said.
"If we don't say a word, if we don't act, Oleg Sentsov will die."— Konbini news (@konbininews) July 6, 2018
Jacques Audiard asks for the liberation of the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, imprisoned in Russia for 4 years and engaged in a hunger strike #FreeSentsov #FreeOlegSentsov #SaveOlegSentsov #FifaWorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/Xkwg7ipCeK
On the SRF website, a letter appeared calling for the release of the Ukrainian fim director. Signed by such outstanding filmmakers as Todd Haynes, Luca Guadagnino, William Friedkin, Michel Hazanavicius, Francois Ozon, Rithy Panh, Lynne Ramsay, Claire Danes and the Dardenne brothers.
Filmmakers noted that if the Ukrainian dies, not only Putin, but the whole Europe, will be tainted with blood.
As it was reported earlier, Elizaveta Stishova, a prizewinner at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival gave a part of her money reward to the parents of Oleg Sentsov, Ukrainian film director.
Besides, the world premiere of a Ukrainian movie Vulkan (volcano, - ed.) took place in Karlovy Vary at the 53rd International Film Festival. Roman Bondarchuk, the Director of the film, reminded the international society of Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. 'I want to turn attention to Oleg, my colleague, who has been starving in a Russian prison for 49 days now. We should remember him and another 60 political prisoners', he said.